I’m seeing our industrial staffing clients posting some big numbers lately, and if you drink the kool-aid straight up from the Economist this week it’s because 3d printing, locally produced energy and just-in-time delivery to consumers are making the low wages in China less of an issue.
That means the playing field is leveling out, and the manufacturing jobs can return home to the USA.
But can 3d printing really punch out the latest Nike driver, a new sewing machine or a Jennifer Lawrence?
But can 3d printing really punch out the latest Nike driver, a new sewing machine or a Jennifer Lawrence? Mass customization isn’t quite here yet, and even though some machines can print out high strength alloy, there is a whole lot more to engineering a product.
Nevertheless, if you’re looking for one author’s idea of what labor will look like in the decades to come, the Economist article makes for a good read.